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Sun, Sand and Water!

My Ocean is Blue by Darren Lebeuf

A girl with a disability explores every facet of the ocean during a day at the beach. A girl spends an entire day exploring the seaside with her mom. A keen observer, she sees the ocean as both “big” and “small” and both “sparkly” and “dull. It’s also “dotted and spiraled and wavy and straight.” Her ocean is full of sounds — it “splashes and crashes” and “laughs and hums.” But, at times, it’s silent. She is inspired to examine and celebrate every part of her ocean and doesn’t let anything hold her back. A delightful nature companion sure to awaken the explorer in every child.

Smug Seagull by Maddie Frost

A smug seagull that loves swiping beach-goers’ snacks gets a taste of his own medicine from a patient crab.

Friends written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério

When a girl and a frog go to the beach to fish, they are frustrated to find that the fish aren’t biting. Instead, they stare into the water and make faces at their reflections. Then, something spectacular happens. The reflections take on lives of their own, transforming into a mermaid with her own pet frog. Surprise gives way to delight as they invite the girl and the frog to enter a stunning underwater world. The new friends swim and play amongst colorful sea creatures until they discover a pair of glowing pearls and turn them into matching necklaces.

Hum and Swish written and illustrated by Matt Myers

Jamie wants to quietly work on an art project near her friend, the sea, but people keep disturbing her by asking questions.

Poppleton and Friends by Cynthia Rylant

Poppleton the pig goes to the beach, solves a dry skin mystery, and learns that friends are the secret to a long life.

Sandy feet! Whose feet? Footprints at the Shore by Susan Wood

When a family spends a day at the beach, the children investigate various footprints to see what type of creatures live along the shoreline. Rhyming text turns a sandy beach into an outdoor classroom. The tracks and habits of local wildlife, including hopping sandpipers, scuttling crabs, and burrowing turtles, are identified and explained for young ecology detectives. Even Daddy’s feet make an appearance! And at day’s end, it’s time for tired feet to make their way home. STEM-based back matter includes information on how clues like footprints can identify the type of wildlife inhabiting any given habitat.

This Beach is Loud! Written and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

A sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach, but his dad has a trick to help his son face these unexpected obstacles.

A Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Reif Ziarnik        

Sights and sounds of a summer twilight mingle with recollections of a lovely day at the beach as a household settles in for the night.

Day at the Beach written and illustrated by Tom Booth

When Gideon decides that he is going to build the most spectacular sandcastle anyone has ever seen without the help of his little sister Audrey, his day at the beach becomes a lesson in sibling bonding.

Non fiction

At the Beach by Shira Evans

Take a stroll along the beach. What do you see? Young readers will learn all about the beach and the animals that call it home in this fun pre-reader. Through text features such as the vocabulary tree and the wrap-up activity, kids will be introduced to new words and concepts — helping them expand their understanding of the world.

Toddler-Safe Play Sand: https://fun-a-day.com/toddler-safe-play-sand/

Icy ocean sensory bin: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/icy-ocean-sensory-play-ice-melt/

Fun At the Beach Sand Slime: https://www.steamsational.com/beach-sand-slime-recipe/

Beach erosion experiment: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-beach-erosion/

Imagine Your Story: Imagination!

When You Need Wings written and illustrated by Lita Judge

 Illustrations and easy-to-read text advise the reader to seek self-confidence on the wings of imagination.

Story Boat by Kyo Maclear

When a little girl and her younger brother are forced along with their family to flee the home they’ve always known, they must learn to make a new home for themselves–wherever they are. And sometimes the smallest things– a cup, a blanket, a lamp, a flower, a story–can become a port of hope in a terrible storm.

Violet Shrink by Christine Baldacchino

Violet Shrink doesn’t like parties. Or bashes, or gatherings. Lots of people and lots of noise make Violet’s tummy ache and her hands sweat. She would much rather spend time on her own, watching the birds in her backyard, reading comics or listening to music through her purple headphones. The problem is that the whole Shrink family loves parties with loud music and games and dancing. At cousin Char’s birthday party, Violet hides under a table and imagines she is a shark gliding effortlessly through the water, looking for food. And at Auntie Marlene and Uncle Leli’s anniversary bash, Violet sits alone at the top of the stairs, imagining she is a slithering snake way up in the branches.

The Imaginaries: little scraps of larger stories by: Emily Winfield Martin

A collection of illustrated scenes with corresponding stories set in the worlds of Emily Winfield Martin

Nola’s scribbles save the day written and illustrated by Cristina Lalli

Nola loves her scribbles. They go with her wherever she goes. But she can’t seem to share her scribbles with others: no one seems to understand the imaginative world she’s created for herself.

The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

Follow a group of animal friends as they discover a collection of mysterious buttons, all of which do different things! From a blue singing button to a purple tickle button, from a rude sound button to a mysterious white button, there’s only one way to find out what they do: press them all!

Ivy Bird by Tani McCartney

Ivy Bird is a celebration of the natural world and the joy found in imaginative play. Perfect for reading aloud, this book will delight children with its search-and-find elements, bright illustrations, and exuberant story. A nonfiction element, two pages bursting with colorful bird illustrations, encourages readers to seek out birds in their own neighborhoods.


Window written and illustrated by Marion Arbona

In this one-of-a-kind, wordless picture book, a child is making her way home from school, imagining what’s behind the windows of the houses and other buildings she passes. And that’s where the fun begins.

Imaginative car wash tunnel at home: https://www.learning4kids.net/2012/05/13/kids-car-wash-tunnel/

Super hero cuffs imaginative play: http://www.readingconfetti.com/2013/08/tp-roll-super-hero-cuffs.html

Imagine Your Story: Dreams

The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon: a story about friendship and loving our Earth by Land Wilson

Little Sofia befriends the Moon and sets off on a dreamy adventure to visit her friend. She sees our planet from the Moon’s point of view and is inspired to do whatever she can to protect our Earth. When she wakes, Sofia encourages others to do the same.

The night bear by Ana de Moraes

Each night, the night bear heads into town and eats his favorite food–children’s nightmares–but one day finds a dream in the garbage that does not taste right to him.

Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins

Most marshmallows like to watch television and lead normal lives–but some marshmallows dream of greater things.

Sea Glass Summer by Michelle Houts

A boy named Thomas finds pieces of sea glass on the beach and dreams of where they came from.

Dreamland written and illustrated by Noah Klocek

As Amelie goes to bed, she sets out in search of her dreams, venturing into a surreal world and overcoming cold toes, tangled blankets, and ticking clocks to uncover her favorite dreams.


Dandelion’s Dream written and illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

In a meadow filled with dandelion buds just about to flower, one dandelion blooms into a real lion! Roots and leaves unfurl into four tiny paws and a long tail, complete with a fluffy yellow tuft. What a great wide world there is to explore when you have paws instead of roots– there are fast trains to ride, regal ships to sail, and cities with lights as bright as Dandelion’s field in full bloom. A happy little dandelion views the world with wonder in this wordless story about enjoying life to the fullest.

Marshmallow science experiments:



How to make a dandelion crown:


Sea glass wind chimes:


Imagine Your Story: Wishes

Dandylion Summer written and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

When two sisters make a wish upon a dandelion, the seeds scatter and bring them Dandylion, a friend to play with all summer long. Together, they go on lots of adventures. As the seasons change, Dandylion must say goodbye–but fall is on the way, with new friends to meet and wonders to explore!

The Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes

Marianne has no friends until she unearths an entire dinosaur skeleton on the beach and wishes that it would come to life.

The Perfectly Perfect Wish by Lisa Mantchev

A young girl has so many choices but only one wish. She asks those around her what they would wish for, but nothing seems quite right. What will her perfect wish be?

Snow Globe Wishes by Erin Dealey

After the worst snowstorm of the year, a young girl wishes on a snow globe that everyone will come out to play and share a dream of peace.

The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow by Lora Koehler

The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight. As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?

Make a Wish, Henry Bear written and illustrated by Liam Francis Walsh

Henry Bear’s unusual parents encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal, and get into trouble with his teacher. But what happens when Henry Bear grows tired of indulging in childish things?

Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry

A child presents ten essential rules of birthday wishes, from planning the right party through having the right dessert–with a light to blow out–to keeping the wish secret.

Cat Wishes by Calista Brill

A cat who professes not to believe in wishes is granted three of them, but makes them nonetheless.

The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman

When Roxie and Lukie go back to the park for their jump rope, they find a group of foxes trying to learn the game, and the smallest fox–who also happens to be named Roxie–tells them that finding the rope to play with was her wish come true.

World Pizza by Cece Meng

Mama wished for world peace–and then a pizza fell from the sky and landed gently on her lap.

Yes Day! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A little boy gets everything he asks for on Yes Day, a special day that only comes once a year.

Q-tip Dandelion craft – Make a wish: https://bloomington-normal.macaronikid.com/articles/582651e824d8f4da3ab0b503/q-tip-dandelion

Dinosaur bones craft with penne pasta: http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Dinosaur-Bones.html

Reconstructing a dinosaur: https://www.mos.org/sites/dev-elvis.mos.org/files/docs/education/mos_dig-into-dinosaurs_reconstructing-a-dinosaur.pdf


Imagine Your Story: Mermaids

Mabel: A Mermaid Fable by Rowboat Watkins

A picture book about a mermaid named Mabel, who unlike the rest of her family does not have a moustache, and the seven-armed octopus who becomes her friend and helps her see that she is just right the way she is.

Mermaid and Me written and illustrated by Soosh

A girl and a mermaid become best friends as they figure out how to enjoy their favorite things together, but when the shore becomes unsafe Mermaid must leave, promising to return.

Pearl written and illustrated by Molly Schaar Idle

When young Pearl, a mermaid, becomes caretaker of a single grain of sand, she discovers that performing even the smallest task well can transform the world.

Julián is a Mermaid written and illustrated by Jessica Love

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

The Mermaid written and illustrated by Jan Brett

Set in the ocean off Japan, this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears stars Kiniro, a mermaid, who finds a baby octopus’s breakfast, chair, and bed just right.

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell

Each of King Neptune’s 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I? A gorgeously illustrated story about finding one’s purpose.

Wordless book

Friends written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério

When a girl and a frog go to the beach to fish, they are frustrated to find that the fish aren’t biting. Instead, they stare into the water and make faces at their reflections. Then, something spectacular happens. The reflections take on lives of their own, transforming into a mermaid with her own pet frog. Surprise gives way to delight as they invite the girl and the frog to enter a stunning underwater world. The new friends swim and play amongst colorful sea creatures until they discover a pair of glowing pearls and turn them into matching necklaces.


Mermaids by Charlotte Guillain

Introduces mermaids and the legends told about them in different countries around the world.

Mermaid Tail sensory bottle: https://rhythmsofplay.com/glittering-mermaid-tail-sensory-bottle/

Paper Plate Mermaid Twirler: https://www.redtedart.com/paper-plate-mermaid-twirler/

Mermaid Ice Excavation: https://mamapapabubba.com/2016/07/06/mermaid-ice-excavation/

Swimming Mermaid Craft – Printable Curl Animation: https://kidscraftroom.com/swimming-mermaid-craft-printable-curl-animation/

DIY Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray: https://lemonlimeadventures.com/diy-mermaid-sensory-writing-tray/

How to Make a Mermaid Tail Using Household Items: https://www.momtrends.com/kids/how-to-make-a-mermaid-tail-using-household-items

Imagine Your Story: Knights!

The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight by Jennifer L. Holm

Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn’t much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems?

The Knight Who Said “No!” by Lucy Rowland

Ned the knight always does exactly what he is told, but when a dragon swoops into town, he decides for the first time to say “no.”

The Wall in the Middle of the Book written and illustrated by Jon Agee

A knight who feels secure on his side of the wall that divides his book discovers that his side is not as safe as he thought, and the other side is not as threatening.

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other’s embrace after fighting a dragon together.

Brianna Bright, Ballerina Knight written by Pam Calvert and illustrated by Liana Hee

When Princess Brianna Bright’s dreams of becoming a ballerina seem doomed, she knows it’s time to find out exactly what it is she’s destined to do. Discovering her true talent won’t be easy–but Brianna won’t give up, especially not with her trusty dog, Pixie, at her side!

The Sword in the Stove written and illustrated by Frank W. Dormer

A quirky picture book in the spirit of Monty Python about two bumbling knights who keep finding objects in a stove (a sword, a shield, a helmet) … objects that ominously belong to their missing friend Harold.

The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

Ordered by his parents to tame a dragon, a gentle knight who prefers reading to fighting arms himself with a book.

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm

The Knight can’t wait for her first camping trip. She and her horse Edward pack everything they need–including her beloved Teddy–and head out into the woods. But when it’s time for bed, Teddy is nowhere to be found. Instructions for drawing the Knight, horse, rabbit, and bear on lining papers and pages after/before them.

Ogres Awake! By James Sturm

The knight and her horse, Edward, have made a startling discovery: there are three huge ogres asleep at her doorstep! When they wake up, the kingdom is in big trouble! The knight, Edward, and some garden gnomes fight back, not with swords and shields, but with potato peelers and spoons. It turns out that ogres are pretty friendly when they have full stomachs! The endpapers provide quick drawing lessons for the knight, Edward, the gnomes, and the ogres.

The Making of a Knight: how Sir James earned his armor by Patrick O’Brien

Traces James’s journey during the Middle Ages in England from inexperienced page at the age of seven to knighthood at the age of twenty-one.

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola

What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it’s no ordinary battle since the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor’s things to find out how to fight a knight!


Knights and Castles by Rupert Matthews

From armor to jousting, Knights and Castles covers everything there is to know about knights and medieval castles.

Knights and Castles takes an up-close look at the history of knights, their chivalrous code, the battles they fought, and more. Learn about the heroic actions of famous knights, including El Cid and Sir John Hawkwood, and the monks who took up arms to protect pilgrims.

International Heraldry & Heralds – shield shapes and information: http://www.internationalheraldry.com/

Stick bow and arrow craft for Kids: https://artsycraftsymom.com/stick-bow-and-arrow/

Cardboard swords: http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/11/we-have-weapons.html

Popsicle stick catapult: http://www.sylvanlearning.com/blog/index.php/critical-thinking-with-a-catapult/

Imagine Your Story: Dragons

Fire Truck vs. Dragon by Chris Barton

Friends Fire Truck and Dragon demonstrate what a good team they make at campfires, cookouts, birthday parties, and more, but in unexpected and unimpressive ways.

Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays by Jon Stahl

While two monsters argue over how the story they are telling should go, Dennis, a very hungry dragon, is listening nearby–and he has very definite ideas about how this story should end.

Seagull & Sea Dragon written and illustrated by Sydni Gregg

Seagull flies through the sky and Sea Dragon swims in the ocean, each wondering about the other’s home until they meet and discover their worlds are more similar than they imagined.

Fergal and the Bad Temper written and illustrated by Robert Starling

Fergal the dragon does not like being told what to do. It’s not fair! And when things aren’t fair, Fergal loses his temper and snorts angry fire. He feels sorry afterward, but Fergal just can’t control his outbursts! After one really fiery day, his family and friends offer him some advice to calm down. Can this dragon learn to cool it before a temper tantrum hits? A perfect choice for fiery kids everywhere!

Gondra’s Treasure by Linda Sue Park

Gondra, a little dragon, celebrates her uniqueness while talking with her parents about differences between her father’s homeland in the East, and her mother’s in the West.

Rosie the Dragon and Charlie make Waves by Lauren H. Kerstein

It’s summertime, and you’re invited for a rollicking day at the pool with Charlie and his pet dragon (and best friend!), Rosie. But be careful–swimming with a dragon can be, um, challenging. As Rosie and Charlie blow bubbles (don’t forget your umbrella!), practice flutter kicks (watch out for tidal waves!), and offer shoulder rides (hang on tight!), Rosie proves that dragons make the most fun pets ever. Now if only Charlie can keep Rosie’s attention focused on the rules at the pool and NOT on her gummy snacks (you know, the ones that cause stinky dragon breath!) …Grab your towels and sunscreen and join Rosie and Charlie for a fun-filled summer adventure!

The Night Dragon written and illustrated by Naomi Howarth

Maud isn’t like the other night dragons. She doesn’t breathe fire or cast great gray, sooty clouds over the land to bring nightfall. But when the chance comes, can her friend Mouse help her pluck up the courage to fly?

Liza Jane & the Dragon by Laura Lippman

Liza Jane believed she could find better parents. So she fired her mom and dad and hired the first applicant who came to the door–a dragon. Cool. Dragons like pizza. So does Liza Jane. But this dragon only has one solution to every problem. And it’s NOT cool. In fact, it’s pretty HOT.

Sir Tim Wants a Dragon by Judith Koppens

Sir Tim wants a pet. Not just any pet. Tim wants a dragon. But the pet shop doesn’t sell dragons. Or do they? A funny book about an enthusiastic boy with a big imagination.

Non fiction

Real-world Dragons by Matt Doeden

Dragons are only myths from stories long ago, right? Not so fast. Dragon legends started somewhere. Explore the world of animals and find out which ones are most like the dragons from your favorite myths.

Dragon Behavior by Matt Doeden

In popular dragon legends, dragons breathe fire and hoard treasures. But many kinds of dragons appear in stories from all over the world. What do these dragons eat? Where do they live? From dragons that fly to dragons that help people, find out what makes each type of dragon unique.

Foaming dragon experiment: https://thejoysofboys.com/foaming-dragon-science-experiment/

Frozen baking soda dragon eggs: https://inspirationlaboratories.com/frozen-baking-soda-dragon-eggs/

Dragon crafts: https://gleefulgrandiva.com/2017/01/11/how-to-make-your-dragon/

Imagine Your Story: Unicorns

Unicorns 101 written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson

Invites the reader to join top unicorn scientists as they clear up the myths and misconceptions people have about these majestic creatures and their abilities.

When Unicorns Poop by Lexie Castle

Presents all the magical things that happen when unicorns poop, toot, sneeze, and more.

Unicorn is Maybe Not So Great After All written and illustrated by Bob Shea

Concerned about losing friends during the first week of school, Unicorn upgrades his fabulousness.

Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows written and illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner

Everyone knows that unicorns are perfect, and Kevin is definitely a unicorn.  So how is it possible that Kevin is having anything less than a perfect day?  This hilarious story about a day that goes from bad to worse is a helpful reminder that perfection is overrated.

Do you Believe in Unicorns? by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Is that a horse wearing a hat, or is it a unicorn in disguise? It all depends on how you look at it in this charming story about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert written and illustrated by Morag Hood

Are you a unicorn expert? Then meet Sophie Johnson… you have a lot in common! Sophie Johnson is an endearing new picture book character, who is just bursting with information and knowledge that she is keen to pass on.

Unicorn toilet paper tube craft: https://merakimother.com/unicorn-crafts-for-kids/

Enormous Elephants!

Elmer’s Birthday written and illustrated by David McKee

The elephants decide it’s their turn to play a trick on Elmer: all of the animals must pretend to forget his birthday tomorrow! But when the day comes the trick doesn’t quite go according to plan. The elephants should have listened to Elmer’s friends … A new tale to celebrate Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’s 30th birthday from master-storyteller David McKee, this is the twenty-seventh Elmer storybook!

The Goose Egg written and illustrated by Liz Wong

Henrietta the elephant’s serene life is disrupted when a baby goose comes to stay, but after Goose finally leaves, Henrietta no longer enjoys the quiet.

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham                  

Ten-year-old African American boy wants to welcome the circus elephant named Miss Fancy to her new home in a nearby park, but he is disappointed to see a sign – No Colored Allowed.

A Parade of Elephants written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce such basic concepts as adjectives, adverbs, daytime, and nighttime as they follow five elephants marching from dawn to dusk.

Zola’s Elephant by Randall De Sève

A little girl hesitates to initiate a friendship with her new neighbor Zola because she imagines Zola is busy with another friend–an elephant.

Poe Won’t Go by Kelly DiPucchio

When an elephant plants himself in the road and refuses to move, the people of Persnickety try all sorts of methods to get him to go–but one thoughtful little girl works up the courage to do what no one else has done: ask him.

Let’s Go! Written and illustrated by Sarah Williamson

Beep! beep! colors and sounds collide as Tuski the elephant gets ready for adventure. And there’s room for everyone in Tuski’s red taxi.

Can Somebody Please Scratch my Back? By Jory John

Elephant has a massive itch that no one can scratch, so Elephant is forced to help himself–or so he thinks.

That Fruit is Mine! Written and illustrated by Anuska Allepuz

When five fruit-loving elephants spot a scrumptious hard-to-reach fruit high up in a tree, it’s a race to see who can claim it first! But after one too many fumbles, the elephants begin to lose their cool, and the highly coveted fruit is whisked away by the teeny-tiniest of all jungle creatures–mice! The elephants soon realize they have a lot to learn from this cooperative little bunch.


The Elephant written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Elephants have roamed the Earth for millions of years, but only two species remain in the world today: the African elephant and the Asian elephant. Though African and Asian elephants are noticeably different, these enormous, intelligent animals have many similarities, too. Their trunks are powerful enough to pick up even the smallest of berries. With their amazing memories, they find watering holes they haven’t visited in years. Their cushioned feet can detect the powerful footfalls of other elephants from six miles away.

Why do elephants need the sun? by Robert E. Wells

Describes the sun and how it relates to photosynthesis, gravity, nuclear fusion, and weather conditions.

Elephant anatomy: https://elpkidscorner.weebly.com/elephant-anatomy.html

Elephant Paper Plate Craft: https://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2015/09/elephant-paper-plate-craft.html

Marvelous Monsters!

Alfred’s Book of Monsters written and illustrated by Sam Streed

Alfred loves the monsters in his book, and he does not like teatime with his aunt–until he decides to invite three of his favorite monsters to join him for tea.

Even Monsters Go to School by Lisa Wheeler

A grown-up monster describes in rhyming verse how monsters of all types go to school, and so must this child monster, no matter how glum about the prospect.

Alma and the Beast written and illustrated by Esmé Shapiro

Alma lives happily in her hairy world, where she can pet the trees and comb the grass, until one day when she encounters a hairless beast who has lost her hairless home.

How I Met my Monster by Amanda Noll

Five quirky little creatures vie to become Ethan’s monster, charged with getting him into bed and keeping him there so that he falls asleep.

No More Monsters Under your bed! By Jordan Chouteau

In this funny, empowering tale, a little boy is afraid of the creatures hiding under his bed, behind the hamper, and in his closet every night–that is, until his parents give him a magic no-more-monsters patch that makes him invisible to all of them!

The Most Terrible of All by Muon Van

When a monster meets his neighbor’s new baby he discovers true terribleness can come in tiny packages.

Dragons eat Noodles on Tuesdays by Jon Stahl

While two monsters argue over how the story they are telling should go, Dennis, a very hungry dragon, is listening nearby–and he has very definite ideas about how this story should end.

Lula and the Sea Monster written and illustrated by Alex Latimer

Lula and her parents must leave their beloved house on the beach, but Bean, the tiny creature she rescued from a seagull, becomes a friend and does not want her to go.

Quit Calling Me a Monster by Jory John

A young monster resents being called a monster.

I Will Chomp You! by Jory John

A monster tries to chomp any reader who wants to go past the first page of the book in order to keep his cakes safe.

Monster card match game: https://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/10/monster-match-game-free-printable.html

Yarn monster craft: https://eighteen25.com/lil-love-monsters/

Shape monster craft: https://www.livewellplaytogether.com/shape-monster-craft/

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